Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators offensive linesman Max Garcia (76) celebrates after they beat the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

100 Days of Florida Football: Getting Personal With No. 76 Max Garcia

Today’s countdown player profile will be a little more unique than the others we have done here at Hail Florida Hail. We asked No. 76, Max Garcia, to tell us anything about himself that you can’t find online. Below is what he decided to share with us.

“My mother was born and raised in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico and my father was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but have lived most of my life in the city of Norcross where my mother still resides now. I’m the youngest of five children: two brothers Luis and Fabian, two sisters Lucila and Michelle. I am a follower of Jesus, my faith is extremely important to me. If there was one thing I would give up football for, it’d be to go to seminary school. My brother Fabian just graduated from his [seminary school] on Friday from the Mt. Zion Bible Institute in Georgia. My mother is my inspiration, the reason I work the way I do. She’s been cleaning houses, an extremely laborious job, six days a week for over 20 years now.

I love to cook, especially breakfast meals. My favorite food is Puerto Rican (arroz con guiandoles con lechon) My favorite sports teams are all Atlanta sports: Braves, Falcons, Hawks, etc. [My] best friends are Geremy Davis (WR at UCONN) and Gideon Ajagbe (TE at UF). I drive a red truck, Ford F150 that I call “Big Red”. If I could retire in any state it’d be North Carolina.  I like to write and sing songs in my spare time. I want to make an EP before the end of the year. I have one song out right now called “Away.”

I never missed a day of school from k-12th grade. I was in the IB  (International Baccalaureate) certificate courses in high school. I threw shot put and discus in high school. I went to Australia on an international track team and placed 8th at state for shot put my senior year. I chose to go to The University of Maryland because of my relationship formed with Friedgen and James Franklin during the recruiting process. I also went there for their prestigious school of journalism. I chose Florida because of the chemistry of the offensive line and relationship with Muschamp.”

It’s always nice to get to know one of the players aside from the usual stats and football related information. Now that we know something a little more personal about one of our Gators, who’s ready for football season? There’s only 76 days until kickoff Gator fans!

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